December 7, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Rahiba Rahimi, 24, is the President of Laman, Afghanistan’s first domestically-produced clothing line. With its unique style, marrying traditional embroidery and colors with modern and versatile silhouettes, Rahiba and her team are redefining the country’s fashion. Their work hasn’t gone unnoticed. The brand has been featured in Deutsche Welle, France…

December 5, 2017 Rohina Sediqui

I am a teacher in Kabul. Ali and Tahir are two of my student. They are seven years old. The two boys have so much in common. They are brilliant in Math. They don’t give into the pressure and take time to think and come up with their own answers….

November 30, 2017 FWW Admin

Free Women Writers just won the Global Thinkers Forum‘s 2017 Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment! We are incredibly honored and energized to be recognized for telling the authentic stories of Afghan women. Our contributor Awesta Telyar Azada had the opportunity to attend the award ceremony on our behalf. Below is…

November 27, 2017 Wadia Samadi

Written by Wadia Samadi I wake up every morning scheming my escape But what about my children? Who will believe me? Who will give me a home? Years go by And I am still waiting When will this end? My makeup does not cover my bruised face My smile does…

November 25, 2017 FWW Admin

Written by Fariha There is a common misconception in Afghanistan- and perhaps around the world- that education or high-income women don’t experience violence at home. Often, in discussions about gender-based violence, women are told to get an education and earn an income to be independent and free themselves of violence. This can be…

November 21, 2017 FWW Admin

Zahra Khawari, a young student at Kabul University, committed suicide after her thesis was rejected repeatedly by a professor at the veterinary department. According to Etilaat e Roz Newspaper, Zahra, who came from an impoverished family in Daikundi Province, was instructed to write her thesis on a topic related to…

November 8, 2017 Pary Shuaib

I think about my dokhtaraiy khala dokhtaraiy ama dokhtaraiy mama dokhtaraiy kaka. All my cousins, the babies and the boys, my only remaining grandparent, I may barely know them but like a fighter who has lost a limb I miss their presence. Our parents are our ties if they survived…

November 7, 2017 FWW Admin

mother i am told i have your eyes and yet what you see as life, i see as a graveyard you do not know what to do with a daughter like me a daughter you deem difficult because she does not know how to stay silent and swallow her grief…

November 1, 2017 Marzia Nawrozi 1Comment

The first time I experienced sexual harassment I was only six years old. I used to go to our neighbor’s house every day and play with their daughter. She had two older brothers who would hug and kiss me and pull my curly hair. One day I got so upset and…

October 31, 2017 Aisha Azimi 1Comment

“Je ne suis jamais tombée amoureuse,” explique Mejgan, une jeune fille de 15 ans, à ‘Too Young to Wed’ (Trop jeune pour se marier). Elle fait partie de ces enfants déjà mariés. En effet, toutes les minutes, 28 autres jeunes filles comme Mejgan se retrouvent mariées alors, encore mineure. En…

October 24, 2017 FWW Admin

By Pashtana Durrani Every day I rise, To make the impossible possible, I wake up to bring a change, I will not give up, Not now, not ever. I am Zahra who will speak up, I am Farkhunda who was murdered for no reason, But I will not give up,…

October 13, 2017 Maryam Laly

This is for all the women who bent their heads so we could stand tall. Courage is not always loud. Sometimes you can be oblivious to it happening before your eyes. The courage that has gotten us here May not be heard, but it lives in the eyes of a…